Ajinkya Rahane is the strong, silent, uncomplaining type, a no-fuss individual who goes about his business, seemingly not unduly affected by adulation or criticism. Ask him to bat at any position in any format of the game, and he will immediately take up the challenge. Ask him to stand at gully to the faster bowlers and at slip to the spinners, and he will ensure he is as well prepared as is humanly possible to ensure that he doesn’t let the bowlers down. Rahane’s first foray at No. 3 in Test cricket didn’t quite pay off, as he went fishing outside off and edged Dhammika Prasad to third slip on Thursday’s day one of the second Test. The right-hand batsman… Read More →
The middle day of a Test match has historically been considered the moving day. In a majority of the matches, it is when the pendulum generally swings decisively one way. In many ways, it is like the seventh game in tennis. A service break in the seventh is gold dust; it means the one who has broken takes momentum into the changeover while the one who has been broken has a minute and a bit to ponder over what he needs to do to get back into the contest. The third day of the second Test seemed determined to break from norm as Lahiru Thirimanne, carefully, and Angelo Mathews, with industriousness and enterprise aplenty, thwarted India’s designs for two and… Read More →
In the Day Two of the 2nd Test Match played today at the Oval, several tributes were organised by SLC for the Sri Lankan Legend Kumar Sangakkara.
As the clock above the scoreboard on the northeast corner of the ground ticked over to 1.09pm, the not inconsiderable gathering at the P Sara Oval rose to its feet. Two hours and ten minutes later, at 3.19pm, that act was repeated, again in honour of the principal protagonist of the game. The second day’s play on Friday (August 21) in the second Test wasn’t a thrill-a-minute rollercoaster. The word attrition was perhaps created with this day in mind. Cricket was slow-paced – not unlike the playing surface – without being overly tense; restraint and grim determination was the overall theme even during the 110 minutes Kumar Sangakkara occupied at the batting crease, when the air was pregnant with breathless… Read More →
Kumar Sangakkara didn’t walk out for the toss in his final Test appearance, contrary to expectations, but Virat Kohli called right at the coin toss on a muggy Thursday (August 20) morning in a match India must win to entertain hopes of its first come-from-behind three-Test series win since 2001. In many ways, this was a tricky toss to win. Teams have opted to bat first on winning the toss on nine of the previous ten occasions at the P Sara Oval in Colombo; six of those matches ended in defeats for the side batting first. India must have done its homework, but one of the golden rules, especially in the subcontinent, is that when you are in doubt, think… Read More →
Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara will be playing the final Test of his career when India and Sri Lanka meet at the P. Sara Oval in Colombo for the second Test. Even before the start of the Test series when Sangakkara had announced his retirement, tributes and good wishes had started pouring to hail the Lankan legend. When India’s Test captain Virat Kohli was asked about Sangakkara’s retirement, Kohli said he would remember Sangakkara for the lovely human being that he is and the honour of playing alongside him over the years. “I am sure if a guy who is retiring from the game, I cannot connect to it but I can imagine the kind of emotions he might feel because… Read More →
Media Release At a meeting of the Selection Committee held on the 10th of August 2015, the following squad was selected for the above Tour. Squad for the Test Series Dananjaya De Silva Udara Jayasundara Minodh Bhanuka Niroshan Dickwella Roshen Silva Asela Gunaratne Angelo Jayasinghe Ashan Priyanjana (Captain) Vishwa Fernando Kasun Rajitha Nisala Tharaka Lahiru Gamage Jeffery Vandersay Amila Aponso Kithuruwan Vithanage Squad for the ODI Series Dananjaya De Silva Dhanushka Gunathilake Shehan Jayasuriya Ashan Priyanjana (Captain) Kithuruwan Vithanage Niroshan Dickwella Dasun Shanaka Chamara Kapugedara Lahiru Madushanka Chathuranga De Silva Jeffery Vandersay Lahiru Gamage Kasun Rajitha Binura Fernando Nisala Tharaka Hon. Navin Dissanayake Minister of Tourism & Sports has approved the above.
Mathews climbs as India’s Dhawan makes giant stride in batting rankings; Inspired Ashwin and Sri Lanka bowlers rise There was good news for several Sri Lanka players in the latest ICC rankings which were released following its memorable 63-run victory over India in the first Test at Galle on Saturday, with career high gains for Dinesh Chandimal and Tharindu Kaushal as Rangana Herath also helped inspire the hosts to an unlikely victory. Skipper Angelo Mathews has overtaken his team-mate Kumar Sangakkara and, in the process, moved up one place to fifth inthe ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen after scores of 64 and 39. Sangakkara, who will make his final appearance for Sri Lanka in the second Test which starts in Colombo on Thursday,… Read More →